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Changes of use of agricultural buildings

Changing to:

Shops, financial and professional services, restaurants and cafes, business, storage or distribution, hotels, or assembly or leisure

Town and country planning (general permitted development) (amendment) (England) order 2013 - Class M

From 30 May 2013 it may be permitted development to change the use of various agricultural buildings to the flexible uses set out above so long as:

a.   the building has been solely in agricultural use:

  1. Since 3rd July 2012; or
  2. For buildings first brought into use after 3rd July 2012, for ten years;

b.   the cumulative floor space of buildings which have changed use under Class M within an original agricultural unit do not exceed 500 square metres;
c.   the site is not nor forms part of a military explosives storage area;
d.   the site is not nor forms part of a safety hazard area;
e.   the building is not a listed building or a scheduled monument.

For buildings upto 150m2 it is necessary to notify the Council of:

a.   the date the site will begin to be used for any of the flexible uses;
b.   the nature of the use or uses; and
c.   a plan indicating the site and which buildings have changed use.
If this does not occur the change of use will not be lawful. It is not possible to retrospectively do this and a full application for planning permission will be necessary.

Where the cumulative floorspace of the building or buildings which have changed use within an original agricultural holding exceed 150m2 but do not exceed 500m2 the developer shall apply to the local planning authority for a determination as to whether the prior approval of the authority will be required in respect of the following—

a.   Transport and highways impacts of the development;
b.   Contamination risks on the site;
c.   Noise impacts of the development; and
d.   Flooding risks on the site.

Again, if this does not occur the change of use will not be lawful. It is not possible to retrospectively do this and a full application for planning permission will be necessary.

This grant of planning permission is subject to Regulations 73 to 76 of the Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2010 (as amended) which requires the Council to take into account whether the development would either on its own, or in combination, have a significant effect on a European Site. Where it is concluded that a significant effect on a European site would be likely the change of use would not be permitted development. You are strongly recommended to seek the opinion of Natural England as to whether your proposal is likely to have a significant effect on European sites.

There is an application form  PDF (180 KB) External Hyperlink for you to complete and send to us, to seek a determination as to whether prior approval will be required from Fareham Borough Council or not.

The form sets out the legislative requirements for an application. However, you should be aware that the Council can request further information to allow it to assess the impact of the proposed development on the above topics.

The form sets out the legislative requirements for an application. However, you should be aware that the Council can request further information to allow it to assess the impact of the proposed development on the above topics.

To avoid this and consequent delays in determining the matter, it is recommended that the following information is also submitted:

 



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